The finalists for MLB's biggest postseason awards were announced Tuesday — so now the MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year awards are narrowed down to three contenders in each league.
Among the names in the conversation: Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout, Andrew McCutchen, Paul Goldschmidt, Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw, Jose Fernandez, Wil Myers, John Farrell and Clint Hurdle.
There weren't any huge surprises. The biggest: Hisashi Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners and Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins being named Cy Young finalists. They're both deserving. It just wasn't clear who would get the third nod in each category.
Winners, as voted by the Baseball Writers Association of America, will be announced over four days beginning Monday, Nov.11. Here are the top three finalists in each category.
AL MVP finalists
• Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers)
• Chris Davis (Baltimore Orioles)
• Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels)
Prediction: Miggy over Trout again, without as much outrage this time around.
Top snub: A's third baseman Josh Donaldson, whose WAR, according to Fangraphs, was higher than both Cabrera and Davis.
NL MVP finalists
• Paul Goldschmidt (Arizona Diamondbacks)
• Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh Pirates)
• Yadier Molina (St. Louis Cardinals)
Prediction: The man who brought the Pirates back to the playoffs for the first time in 21 years, McCutchen.
Top snub(s): Freddie Freeman, the Atlanta Braves' huggable first baseman and Joey Votto, the Cincinnati Red's walkable first baseman.
AL Cy Young finalists:
• Yu Darvish (Texas Rangers)
• Hisashi Iwakuma (Seattle Mariners)
• Max Scherzer (Detroit Tigers)
Prediction: Scherzer, who led AL pitchers in both wins and WAR, a happy medium for statheads and old-school types.
Top snub(s): Anibal Sanchez, but he and Scherzer weren't both going to get nominated. Sanchez had a better ERA, but not as many wins. Also: Bartolo Colon.
NL Cy Young finalists:
• Jose Fernandez (Miami Marlins)
• Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers)
• Adam Wainwright (St. Louis Cardinals)
Prediction: Clayton Kershaw. That's not even really a prediction. It's happening.
Top snub(s): Matt Harvey, whose season ended early to injury, or else his 2.27 ERA might have made an appearance. Also: Craig Kimbrel was pretty darn good in the Braves bullpen this season.
AL Rookie of the Year finalists:
• Chris Archer (Tampa Bay Rays)
• Jose Iglesias (Detroit Tigers/Boston Red Sox)
• Wil Myers (Tampa Bay Rays)
Prediction: Wil Myers, not just because of the hair, but we definitely look forward to seeing it again.
Top snub: Eh. That's about it.
NL Rookie of the Year finalists:
• Jose Fernandez (Miami Marlins)
• Shelby Miller (St. Louis Cardinals)
• Yasiel Puig (Los Angeles Dodgers)
Prediction: Jose Fernandez because when you also get a Cy Young nod, your candidacy looks better.
Top snub(s): Two more rookie pitchers could have taken Miller's spot in the top three: Hyun-Jin Ryu and Julio Teheran
AL Manager of the Year finalists:
• John Farrell (Boston Red Sox)
• Terry Francona (Cleveland Indians)
• Bob Melvin (Oakland Athletics)
Prediction: The voting doesn't include the postseason, but Farrell still has the strongest case.
Top snub: Joe Girardi, who kept a battered Yankees club relevant despite a plethora of injuries and A-Rod theatrics.
NL Manager of the Year finalists:
• Fredi Gonzalez (Atlanta Braves)
• Clint Hurdle (Pittsburgh Pirates)
• Don Mattingly (Los Angeles Dodgers)
Prediction: Hurdle for guiding the Pirates back to the postseason.
Top snub: This is a good group. But Kirk Gibson, who steered the Arizona Diamondbacks to a better-than-expected season, would be next on our list.
• Nov. 11: Rookie of the year winners announced
• Nov. 12: Manager of the year winners announced
• Nov. 13: Cy Young winners announced
• Nov. 14: MVP winners announced
** Winners announced on MLB Network, 6 p.m. ET
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